Antibacterial vs. Antimicrobial: What's the Difference?


The primary difference between antibacterial vs. antimicrobial substances is the types of microorganisms they act upon.

  • Antibacterial Technologies: Antibacterial technologies are effective against a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria including E. coli and MRSA. They will typically incorporate silver active ingredients, allowing for successful application in a wide variety of product types.
  • Antimicrobial Technologies: Antimicrobial technologies minimise the presence of bacteria, mold, and fungi. In contrast to antibacterial agents, antimicrobial substances offer a greater level of product protection. The broad spectrum performance of antimicrobial substances makes them perfect for use in hygiene critical environments such as schools, hospitals, and commercial kitchens. Typical active ingredients include silver or zinc.